Are you planning a camping trip somewhere but you have to fly to get there? Maybe you should read on to see if there is anything you can or cannot bring with you on the plane.
Camping Gears You Can Fly With
There are some camping gear items that you can bring on a plane. The items must be approved by the TSA as well as the airline you are flying with. T
he TSA website has a list that includes tents, sleeping bags, knives and even guns. You can look at this site to see if the item you want to fly with is on this list.
If the item you want to bring on a plane is not on this list it is up to each airline whether they will allow it or not.
The first thing you need to do is know the limits for how much your crate can weigh. Your crate can weigh no more than 50 pounds and it must be within the dimensions of 45″ x 36″ x 36″.
Be aware that airlines charge a fee for any bags weighing over 50 pounds. Many airline employees also have the authority to deny any oversize or overweight bags on their planes. If they do, you may not be able to bring your gear with you on your trip.
Flying With Camping Gear
In order to fly with camping gear, you can check with your airline for the size and weight limits, but most airlines allow campers to fly with tents, camping stoves, backpacks and cooking equipment.
A majority of airlines allow campers to fly with a tent as long as it weighs less than 50 pounds (22lbs) and the height plus width is no more than 8 feet (2.4 meters). Some airlines have an even stricter rule on tent size so it’s very important you check before packing your bag!
There are other things that can also travel on airplanes – such as hammocks – but you’ll need to make sure it has all the right approvals first.
Camping Gear You Can’t Bring On A Plane
Camping gear that you can not bring with you depends on how large it is. If the camping gear is larger then you can take it with you. Many airlines object to flying with large tents and hence, they will have to be taken apart into smaller sections.
While some camping equipment doesn’t need to be taken apart into smaller sections, such as the pop-up tent that folds up into a box, you may need to do so if you are traveling with something that is very large.
If the camping gear is too large to fly in one piece, you may also have to check it in at the airport. This means taking all of your equipment on board and checking it with the airline employee at the gate.
You may also be able to check your camping gear in at the airport but again you will have to take them from your bag and bring them with you when you get on the plane.
If this happens, most airlines allow you to keep all of your camping gear on board as long as it is inside of a single crate (not a bag).
However, if your camping gear is very large, this may not work for you. Airlines also charge a fee if your camping gear is overweight and there is nothing you can do about it – they will not accept camping gear once you’re at the airport.